Lisbon, Portugal

19 September 2019

Secretary-General's video message to opening of the 27th Annual Conference of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC)

I am pleased to greet your conference on “Partnerships for Sustainable Development”.
From the climate emergency to biodiversity loss to poverty, hunger and inequality, the world’s most pressing challenges can only be addressed if we work together.  
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need communities, civil society, academia, the private sector and the international community to collaborate and contribute to their fullest potential.
Networks such as yours are critically positioned to build bridges on key issues such as water, energy, oceans and the accelerating impacts of climate change. 
Your Conference is an opportunity to foster strategic alliances with lasting impact.
In that spirit, I wish you a fruitful meeting.   
Thank you. Obrigado.